Formation
The Formation house at Bathery is meant to train young girls who wish to become Nuns and function effectively within the community of the Daughters of Mary. The training period helps them to take an active role in their spiritual and social transformation. In addition to their spiritual and social development, provision is made for them to continue their academic studies The stages of formation for the sisters are:

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  • Aspirancy
  • Postulancy
  • Novitiate
  • Second Year Novitiate
  • First Commitment
  • Final Commitment.
» Aspirants House:
Aspirant's House is at Bathery, Waynad Dt, Kerala State, this is an orientation period. Aspirants are those who have shown an interest to dedicate their lives to serve humanity. Only young girls who have passed their tenth standard at school are eligible and admitted as aspirants. Admission is open all year round. The syllabus focuses on spirituality, yoga, meditation, St.Theresa's spirituality, liturgy, catechism, music, sociology, Faith in God the Father, the Son, Holy Spirit, inner healing and sacred feast days.

» Postulancy:
Postulancy House is at Daughters of Mary Convent in Thumbamon in Kerala State together with St. Mary’s Province. It generally begins in September. It consolidates what the aspirant has learnt during their initial training. The candidates are trained in meditation, and spirituality.

» Novitiate:
Novitiate House is at Pongumoodu, Kerala State also together with St. Mary’s Province. During this period the novices learn the Constitution of the Congregation and they deeply evolve and develop prayer and meditation.

» Second Year Novitiate:
At the end of the second year novitiate there will be an intense formation for four months. This time they will be given 40 days retreat and an intense study about vows and religious life. Those who have real commitment to surrender themselves to the eternal love, request to make vows. Then they are permitted to make the first profession. Every stage of initial formation there is specified syllabus and hand book which is given to each formation staff. To visit formation houses and to co-ordinate the formation programmes we have formation co-ordinators in general and provincial level.

» First Commitment:
On agreeing to their first commitment the sister is immersed in the life, mission and spirit of the sisters. Through continued community involvement they are guided in areas of personal development, apostolic ministry, community living, spiritual life and personal development

» Juniorate:
During this period the trainee sister's role is as a junior to the sisters. On completion of four years of their first commitment they are sent to convents around India where they receive further training in theology, philosophy, sacred liturgy and are taught a deeper understanding of the gospels. They are actively engaged in community development services. Fifth year, juniors are called together for one year for the juniorate Course staying in a common house (Aluva) under the Generalate.

OUR APOSTOLATE
We aim to promote the love of God among the people we serve. Our services can be divided into four heads;
  • Mission Apostolate
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Welfare
MISSION APOSTOLATE
The missionary zeal in spreading the word of God by being pure and poor for the kingdom of God, is the dedication of our sisters in bearing witness to the gospel. Apostolic activities such as:
  • Spreading the good news of the gospel.
  • Bringing people together in unity and a common bond.
  • Integration, and
  • Equity and social justice.
The above mentioned apostolic activities are attained in communities through
  • Spirituality - living the gospels to preach the world of Christ.
  • Integrity - being consistently committed and focused in our decision and activities.
  • Respect - showing respect for self and others.
  • Fairness to others - ensuring just decisions are made through open dialogue, empowerment, dignity and self decision – making.
  • Care - acting and committed to ensure the welfare of others.
  • Values - sharing and proclaiming the teaching of Jesus through the value.
  • Justice inclusion and equality, gospel values become a visible focus.
In order to carry out its apostolic mission the Mary Matha Vice Province has taken the following steps.
They are:
  1. Home Mission:-
    In order to foster the house visiting irrespective of caste or creed creating a rapport with people around and studying their situation, sisters are allotted different areas, so that all the possible physical & spiritual helps are made available for the people around.
    The love and mercy of Jesus is witnessed here. Illiteracy and ignorance of the people are removed.
  2. Zonal Meetings
    St. Mary’s Province is divided into three zones in order to inculcate, increase and strengthen the missionary zeal and motivate the missionary activities. Every zone has a selected zonal Animators and Secretary. Every 3 months zonal meetings will be held to evaluate and encourage the missionary activities of sisters. Each zone makes its own action plan and carries them out.
  3. Catechism and Prayer Meetings:-
    Every Sunday in the parish level and every day in the school level Catechism is taught by the sisters. They prepare children and adults for Sacraments, visiting houses and say Rosary and conduct prayer meetings.
  4. Missionary Activities through Associations
    Youth are guided and led through many associations like Malankara Catholic Association (MCA), Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM), Mathru Sangham, Mission league, Legion of Mary, Vincent De Paul etc. And children are guided through Bala sakhim, Children’s for Unity, Little way Association. Through association people join us to extend their helping hand.
  5. Mobile Mission Team:
    The purpose of this team is to serve God and to provide service for the poor. We offer support, affirmation and practical help to share the love of God with all those who have no opportunity to know God's love. This team moves through villages and engages in active mission work. Currently we have sisters working in the following ministries:
    Parish Chaplaincy, Parish visits and care of elderly people, Social work, health care in hospitals, nursing education, community outreach programs, prayer group meetings, counselling, sharing God's word in public and Youth ministries.

 

 

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